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2011 NBA Champions

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks for winning this years NBA Championship.

When the Playoffs began NO ONE (unless you were from Dallas) had the Mavs in the NBA Finals let alone making past the 2nd round in the Western Conference. Many analyst that cover the NBA on TV, internet and sports radio had the Mavs losing the Blazers in the 1st round and should they have passed them to be crushed by the Lakers in the 2nd round. Now given the Mavs recent Playoff success since they lost to the Heat in 2006 you can fully understand why. In 3 of the last 4 years the Mavs failed to advance past the 1st round.

In the 2011 Playoffs, the Mavs have had one of the most impressive runs to the title in a long time. Not necessarily record wise but by the way they won games. After getting torched by Brandon Roy and the Blazers in the 4th qtr of Game 4, where the Mavs up by 23 late in the 3rd qtr ultimately losing the game. Mavs went back home in Game 5, took care of business on their homecourt and finished off the Blazers in 6 games in Portland.

From there Mavs started to roll, they went on to meet the defending champs Los Angles Lakers where they took care of them in an impressive 4-0 sweep. Continuously exposing the Lakers lack of defense against quicker PG’s and 3pt shooters. Everything the Lakers tried couldn’t slow down the Mavs, they were just the better, more complete team 1 thru 12 and it showed. 

Off to the Western Conference Finals where they were met by the Oklahoma City Thunder, unfortunately for the Thunder this is when Dirk took it to another level. With numerous memorable late 4th qtr comebacks, Dirk showed the world an array of fade ways off one leg and off balanced making clutch shots one after the other. Mavs beat the Thunder in 5 games advancing to the NBA Finals

In a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, it was pretty much the Mavs vs the so called “Big 3” of Wade, James and Bosh. No else on the Heat is so much worth mentioning. Needless to say the Mavs showed the Heat that it’s a TOTAL team effort to win an NBA Title. Mavs defeated the Heat in 6 games with contributions from Dirk, Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, Shawn Marion and a host of others.

Just like that the 2010-2011 NBA Season has ended.

So who’s looking forward to the NBA Lockout? Word is that the NBA is further apart in their labour talks than the NFL is.. NO GOOD!!!! Hopefully the NBA will have something in place for the season to start by Jan 2012, yeah you heard me. It’s going to be a LONG offseason.
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